Bradley Lord

Bradley Richard Lord, twenty-one, formed two ambitions early in life: to make the Olympic Team and to star in the touring professional show, Ice Follies. Born in Swampscott, Massachusetts, he was the son of Roy (“Lefty”) and Alfreda Lord, and had an older brother, Bruce. At age five Bradley began skating on a makeshift outdoor rink across the street from his home and soon fell in love with skating. He first trained with Lillian Tribby at the North Shore Sports Center in Lynn, and then switched to coach Montgomery (“Bud”) Wilson at The Skating Club of Boston. In the summers, he trained with his coach in St. Paul, Minnesota and at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Bradley made his first trip to Nationals in 1953. In 1956, he placed third in junior men, and the following year became the 1957 U.S. junior men’s champion. That same year he entered the School of Fine and Applied Arts at Boston University, to study commercial art. Bradley competed in the National senior men’s division for four years. Placing fourth in 1960, he was heartbroken not to make the 1960 Olympic Team. However, he was able to compete at the 1959 Worlds in Colorado Springs and at the 1960 Worlds in Vancouver. In 1961, Bradley became the U.S. senior men’s champion and two weeks later won the silver medal at the 1961 North American Championships. His coach, Bud Wilson, did not fly with the 1961 World Team, electing to join Bradley later in the week.